Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Toddler Activities for the Letter M: Moons and Marshmellows

We've always pointed out the moon to our kids and they love finding it on their own now at night-time or even during the day. I figured it was time to explain a little bit about what it is and why it changes (plus, last week was the letter M!)

Before we did our craft, we read through a book about the moon. This book is a favorite of mine:

Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me
We found a kid's science book about the moon at our local library that looked something like this one:

So That's How the Moon Changes Shape!

black construction paper
white crayon
mini marshmellows

I drew the different phases of the moon onto our black paper with a white crayon. Photobucket

We applied glue to the outline of the moons and covered them with marshmellows.

While we worked on this craft, I reminded them about the different things we'd learned about the moon--how the moon itself never changes, but how it reflects the light of the sun in different places which makes it look bigger or smaller. We talked about a crescent moon, half moon, and full moon.

For older kids, you can have them go outside each night before bed and draw a picture of what the moon looks like, keeping track of its phases.
So fun!
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